Post # 1
Hi Destination Wedding brides,
Need some help with dress transport… I live in PA and my wedding is in Florida next April. My dress isn’t a tiny sheath but it’s not a giant ballgown either: Paloma Blanca 4265.
Should I ship to a good friend who lives ~1.5 hours away from the resort and drive to get it?
Or should I bring it to the airport in PA and carry it on the plane, smiling sweetly and asking the flight attendant to put in a safe closet?
Someone also suggested flying first class would get me better service.
All ideas are welcome!
Post # 3
I’m traveling from Florida to st Thomas with mine…. We called the airline and they will hang it in first class. It will just count as your carry on so you won’t be able to carry on a suitcase.
Post # 4
What is the material of the dress?
I got married down in Mexico and carried my dress on the plane. They were able to hang it up on the first plane but I had to put it in the overhead bin on the second. Because the dress was mainly chiffon, I did not need to steam it when I arrived.
Personally I’d rather have the dress in my possession at all times and have it arrive a little wrinkled then worry about it. If you’re going a couple days early you can look into getting it steamed.
Post # 5
Will you be able to steam it or anything at all once it makes it to the destination? Whether by FedEx or carry-on?
Post # 6
I’m flying in the opposite direction, FL to MI. I’m carrying my dress onto the plane with me. I’m hoping I get a nice flight attendant that will hang it up. If not, I’m going to fold it in half and take up overhead space!
Mine is Enzoani Darwin, so it’s full! Good luck!
Post # 7
@BrideEleven: Call the airline to find out about there policy and if they can put a note on your file even. We got preboarding and had no problem just have a steamer ready when you get to your destination and have the garment bag folded at about 4′ long at most since the closets are very short. You should be able to find out if the plane does have a closet if you just give them a call. Everyone was great when we flew and we didnt have any problems at all.
Post # 8
If it was me, I would feel infinitely safer bringing it with me instead of trusting FedEx.
Post # 9
I took mine on the plane with me – knowing that it was never going to leave my sight. I had also read about asking the flight attendants to hang it in their closet – I overheard some other bride on the same flight ask and they said no. (And I dont think first class will really get you anywhere other than a better seat and better service). Since we couldnt upgrade to first class, we bought “front-of-the-line” passes ($10 a piece with US Airways) which allowed us to board before everyone else in coach – and that ensured us space in the over-head compartment. I would have been fuming if I would have had to check my dress – luckily that didnt happen.
Post # 10
I heard about a bee who brought chocolats to bribe the stewartists (she was one as well). With the popularity of destination weddings this is becoming a non issue. They counted ours as a small carry on so I still got to carry my rolling suitcase and hubby had his suitcase and the dog in its crate and I had the biggest purse I was able to bring. When you get to the airport look for a few benches or even a window sill you can hang your dress on and make sure your hangar has a swivel handle so you can hang it anywhere.
Post # 11
It’s organza, so will definitely need to be steamed, which won’t be a problem. I’m just worried about carrying it through the airport, security, etc and then it gets jammed into a closet on the plane. Oh well, I guess I signed up for this, having a DW!
Post # 12
i took mine on the plane (3 different planes actually to get to my destination!), and each plane was a different experience. my dress got there safely, although wrinkled. i wouldn’t even consider fed ex. just imagine something goes wrong and it doesn’t get there on time? i felt much better having my dress WITH me directly throughout the travel.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t part with the dress. Too risky… Fed Ex is not that reliable and will lose the dress.
Post # 14
this is sort of related, but i also did not want to risk putting important items in my checked luggage either. As in, i carried our wedding bands and my wedding earrings in my purse. those were the small items i would be devasted if they didn’t make it to the destination. Everything else was wedding decor and clothing for the week – it would suck yes if those things got lost in transit, but i at least felt better having my dress, rings and earrings literally on me while i travelled. (Well, i guess my veil and wine box for wine box ceremony were more than “decor”, but those wouldn’t fit in my purse and still not as valuable as the jewellry and dress!)
Post # 15
Definetly as a carry on!! I was told by my destiantion wedding planner that they would hang my dress in the closet on the plane. With Fed-ex you never know if it would arrive on time or in perfect condition so I wouldnt take the risk!
Post # 16
Everyone at security was so nice just make sure your dress will fit into the scanner and it can be opened if requested (just make Fiance close his eyes first). Give yourself plenty of time to get from A to be and be a kind bride (they might expect bridezilla so if your calm and easy going they might actually smile).